Cook, James

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Eighteenth-century English sea captain and Pacific Ocean explorer whose voyages led to European colonization throughout the Pacific; Cook and his crew were the first English-speaking people to witness and write about surfing. Cook was 48 in 1776 when he launched his third and final Pacific expedition, piloting the Resolution and the Discovery to Tasmania, New Zealand, Hawaii (named the Sandwich ...

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